May 18, 2019
Tampa Bay Lightning
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>I_Know_Nothing_About_Hockey_Or_Any_Sport2</b></div><div>Signing Shattenkirk could pay off since he was probably better than he got credit for being in New York (who expected him to be a top defenseman and ended up misusing him), but it’s also a bit risky at any reasonable AAV. First of all, I’m assuming he’s not outperforming Cernak or Sergachev, so he’d be on the third pairing with Coburn and maybe get some power play minutes (but probably not due to Hedman and Sergachev). As soon as Foote is deemed ready to play (as early as day one of the season), he’ll be benched. If Schenn, Rutta, or Witkowski outperforms him in training camp, he’d also be benched. So there’s a decent chance we rarely see Shattenkirk even if he signs here. We don’t need a third-pairing RHD badly, so if he wants to sign for like $1m at one year, fine, but if he wants a reasonable AAV, that would limit our flexibility to trade. Someone like Kreider would fill more of a need, so as long as that’s not completely outside the realm of possibility, I don’t want to unnecessarily hamper flexibility for a luxury.
Also, Condon isn’t being moved. He’s playing in Syracuse this year.</div></div>
Saw JBBs quote about Condon, but won’t believe he doesn’t move him this season until I see it. Shattenkirk is an upgrade at RHD3 over Rutta and Schenn. Don’t expect to see Foote either.